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Visitor’s Guide DESTIN • FORT WALTON BEACH • NAVARRE BEACH

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Welcome Visitors

Welcome to Navarre. Here you’ll take in the breathtaking views of our sugar-sand beaches and emerald green waters, not the taillights of traffic. Here you will find a vacation, not just the hint of one.

Vacation has a unique meaning to each individual. To the woman on her feet all day, a vacation could mean a chair on the beach with a drink in her hand. To the man a vacation could mean hiking national parks. Travel no further than our backyard to spend time on our pristine beaches; to the east and west lay the metropolitan attractions of Destin and Pensacola; to the north visitors will find a wealth of history and adventure. Enclosed you will find a guide to this hidden gem of a community. Whether you wish to chart local treasures or navigate neighboring attractions, this guide is your map to Navarre. Go ahead, make plans to explore one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, part of which is one of only 10 national seashores, Gulf Islands National Seashore. Take an afternoon to better your golf skills on the rolling hills of The Club at Hidden Creek, or get your fishing gear together for one of the best fishing experiences on the Gulf of Mexico, the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The pier, the longest in the Gulf, provides endless fishing and family fun as visitors angle for grouper, speckled trout and even crab. You couldn’t ask for much more than that, but there’s also the spectacular view of Navarre’s beaches and the chance to see wildlife, such as dolphins. To see more of the creatures that call our beaches home, make a stop at the nearby Gulfarium or take a day trip to the Gulf Breeze Zoo where visitors will see more than 600 animals. If you are looking for adventure, fly nearly a quarter-of-a-mile in the air with several parasailing options or zip across the waves on Jet Ski or boat rentals. Take a trip to Blackwater River State Park to enjoy the thrills of rafting or canoeing and drink in the beauty of 600 acres of undisturbed nature. Summertime in Navarre is second-to-none. Culture and community collide every Thursday at the Concerts in the Park. Enjoy live, local music and the backdrop of the breathtaking Navarre Sound. Bring your lawn chairs, your coolers, and your kids and be part of a Navarre tradition. Year-round, Navarre is an endless opportunity, so make Navarre a destination more than once to see all it has to offer. Fall features a frenzy of festivals and our winter calendar is full as well. Residents and guests alike can brave the frigid waters during the annual Penguin Plunge that commemorates the New Year, and they can plan to revel in the excitement and exhilaration that is Mardi Gras, a Gulf Coast tradition. Hungry for more? Look no further than our own restaurants. Navarre is home to a variety of locales, featuring everything from fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood, to more exotic delicacies. The annual Taste of Navarre highlights the talents of our local eateries. Don’t want to leave the beach, not a problem. Navarre Beach boasts restaurants that say, “Come as you are,” with even more options further inland and along the coasts of Pensacola and Destin. And of course you can’t return home empty handed. Make sure to bring a part of Navarre back with you after shopping at any of our local options. Get your island necessities, souvenirs and memorabilia at any number of shopping plazas and centers along the main route. If you’d like a piece of history, there are many stops along the way to Milton, Bagdad or DeFuniak Springs that offer the perfect opportunity for antiquing. From the quiet coastal waters that have become our hallmark to the rich history that continues to shape our future, Navarre welcomes each visitor as a part of the community. Whether you’ve made memories here before or you want to discover Florida’s best kept secret, we invite you to sit down, relax and stay a while. We’re not just a stop along the way. We’re your destination.

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Local History

Fort Barrancas Fort Barrancas, constructed between 1839-1844, was one of four forts built to protect the Pensacola Navy Yard. The Fort Barrancas Area is on Taylor Road approximately a half-mile east from the Museum of Naval Aviation. The fort and visitor center is open March-October at 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and November-February at 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Scheduled tours of Fort Barrancas are daily at 2 p.m. and at the Advanced Redoubt every Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Fort Pickens Fort Pickens is the largest of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay, Florida and its Navy yard. The fort was begun in 1829, completed in 1834 and used until the 1940s. Historic Fort Pickens and its Visitor Center is open from 9:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. March through October.

Naval Air Station Pensacola Naval Air Station Pensacola is known as the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and features the National Aviation Museum and IMAX, a lighthouse and Fort Barrancas, built by the Spanish in 1797. Hours: Museum: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. IMAX: movies shown every hour 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.navalaviationmuseum.org

Pensacola Museum of Art The museum, housed in the Old City Jail, features works predominantly from the 20th and 21st centuries. Surfing Florida: A Photographic History presents the history of Florida surfing and surf culture, including its international dimensions until Sept. 2. Admission is $5 – adults; $2 – students & military; Free – children 5 and under. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday - Noon - 5 p.m. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247, www.pensacolamuseumofart.org.

T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum and Historic Pensacola Village The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. museum, housed in the 1908 City Hall building, exhibits a “treasure trove” of historic artifacts, Americana and West Florida history. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. Historic Pensacola Village – Visitors touring the village will enjoy the 1832 Old Christ Church, 1805 French-Creole Lavalle House , 1890s Lear-Rocheblave House and more. Guided tours are offered three times daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and are included in the ticket price. Tickets may be purchased at the Tivoli High House Gift Shop on 205 E. Zaragoza Street. Admission is $6– adults; $3 – children (ages 4 to 16); $4 – senior, military or AAA members. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 205 E. Zaragosa St. 5955990, www.historicpensacola.org.

Destin History and Fishing Museum Preserving and honoring the history of Destin, the Luckiest Fishing Village in the World, with an extensive collection of antique fishing rods and reels – including an original Penn Reel that belonged to Ernest Hemingway; the oldest seine fishing boat still in existence; award winning examples of fish caught in Destin; as well as vintage photographs of early settlers, captains and their boats, businesses and more. Admission is $5 adults; $4 seniors and military; $3 children; free for children under 6. Summer hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 108 Stahlman Ave., Destin 8376611, www.destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org. Air Force Armament Museum Experience the aviation warfare armament from the early days of World War I right through to today's high tech planes and bombs. Inside, you'll find an extensive collection of weaponry and interactive displays that will amaze and intrigue. Outside displays include vintage military aircraft including the fastest plane ever built - the SR-71 Blackbird! Admission is free. Hours: Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 100 Museum Drive, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 651-1808, www.afarmament museum.com/.

Battleship USS Alabama History meets heroism from World War II to Iraqi Freedom. At Battleship Memorial Park you walk the decks of a mighty battleship; go below in a World War II submarine; view cockpits of combat aircraft; see a Vietnam River Patrol Boat, and a plane like the one flown by the Tuskegee Airmen! Admission: $12.00 – ages 12 & up; $6.00 – ages 6 – 11; free – under 6. Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, AL; (251) 433-2703.


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Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary

If you are in search of some below-the-surface excitement, you no longer need to travel to Pensacola to get your sub-surface fix. As of press time for this visitor guide, the reefs had not been installed. However, we are expecting installation very soon. The 16-year project has culminated in three separate reefs to choose from for diving or snorkeling. One reef is located in the Gulf of Mexico allowing for deep-diving as well as snorkeling for the novices. The Gulf reef is about 2,000 feet east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The deeper water of the Gulf provides a much wider variety of sea life and vegetation. Coral reefs will soon be abundant offering a colorful kaleidoscope. Creatures that you could be lucky enough to spot in the Gulf include: sea turtles, juvenile and adult fish such as cobia, grouper, king mackerel, red fish, as well as other interesting underwater inhabitants. The Gulf reefs are 15-20 feet below the surface. In other words, you’ll be able to fit in those deep dives and still have time to spend another day in beautiful Navarre getting your land-legs back before returning home. If calmer waters are more desirable, there are two reefs located on the north side of the county park in the sound. The calmer waters of the sound allow younger snorkelers an opportunity to swim among the varied species that reside in the brackish water, with the assurance that they are the largest species in the water. Oysters, the Sound’s natural filtering mollusks, sustain other marine life such as shrimp, crab, sea trout and red trout that the youngsters might catch sight of as well. An added bonus for divers and snorkelers is the opportunity to spot the Florida sea cow, better known as the Manatee in both the Gulf and the Sound. Although the summer of 2012 is the first season for the Gulf and Sound reefs, oysters will be begin to grow and clean within two weeks of installation, leading to other sea life beauties such as barnacles and colorful corals.

As if the diving and snorkeling opportunities weren’t enough, there is the chance for you to adopt a reef through the Adopta-Reef-Tree program. Not only can you dive the reefs, you can become a proud parent of a reef-tree branch or an entire reef tree. So after you’ve loaded the car with your family and returned home, a part of you will forever remain off the shores of Navarre Beach. The reefs can be adopted by going to www.navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.com. Once at the site, there is a link that will take you to the form to complete. You can select the Sound side or the Gulf side and a branch or tree. You can even write a message that will be displayed on a sign near the site where your adopted branch or tree lives. When you come back year after year, you will be able to go to that site and dive or snorkel out to see how your reef tree or branch has blossomed and grown with sea life during your time away. The benefits of adopting your very own reef tree or branch extend beyond your enjoyment, because your contribution will help the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary maintain your reef site(s) and ensure maximum growth. All investments are tax-deductible through the Navarre Chamber Foundation 501(C)(3). Future plans include building an observation pier that will extend over the reefs, allowing you to enjoy all the sea life without taking the plunge. So bring the family out to the beautiful beaches of Navarre and dive right into the fun.

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Safety & Info Sugar White Sands

Why is the sand so white on Navarre Beach? This quartz-rich sand actually washed down from the Appalachian Mountains by way of the Apalachicola River, where it entered the Gulf of Mexico and eventually made its way onto shore. The sand on Navarre Beach is pure, white quartz crystals ground into perfect granules, leaving the sand powdery soft, even squeaking under your toes! We hope you will love our beaches as much as we do and leave only your footprints behind. Santa Rosa County Beach Ordinances According to Santa Rosa County ordinances, the following rules apply to Navarre Beach: ✔ Remove all items used for swimming, sunbathing or recreation two hours after dusk, and keep them off the beach until two hours after sunrise. ✔ No camping. ✔ No firearms. ✔ No glass containers. ✔ No alcoholic beverages. ✔ Remove trash. ✔ No pets. ✔ No abusive, threatening, indecent or disorderly conduct. ✔ No campfires. ✔ Do not destroy sea oats. ✔ Stay off the dunes. ✔ No fireworks. ✔ Do not disturb other visitors with radios, TVS, musical instruments or other noise-producing devices. ✔ No public address systems. ✔ No nudity. ✔ No vehicles on the beach. ✔ No watercrafts, surfboards and similar objects within the public swimming area. ✔ No fishing within the public swimming area. And it is always a good idea to wear sunscreen or protect your skin with clothing.

Rip currents The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that the annual number of deaths due to rip currents on our nation’s beaches exceeds 100. Rip currents account for more than 80 percent of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards. These statistics can be reduced by following a few simple guidelines when the surf is very rough at local beaches. The greatest safety measures you can take to avoid the dangers of a rip current are to swim near a lifeguard, recognize dangerous surf conditions and be aware of the dangers of rip currents. Storms have changed the shoreline and near-shore sandbars along our beaches, and the frequency of rip currents has increased. A rip current is a turbulent, fast-flowing current that can carry a swimmer away from shore very quickly. Rip currents are formed when water rushes out to sea in a narrow path (like a break in the near-shore sandbar or from an obstruction of the current caused by a groin or jetty or other type of barrier). Rip currents can last for a few hours or may be permanent; they usually exist during rough surf and after storms.

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Some signs of rip currents include: ✔ A difference in water color. The water may be murkier from increased sediments or appear darker because it is deeper. ✔ The waves may appear to be larger and choppier. ✔ Foam or objects are carried directly out to sea, or debris or vegetation may appear perpendicular to the shore at the site of a rip current. ✔ As the water rushes out to sea, a bowl-like indentation may be apparent on the shore. ✔ Rip currents are usually present if the surf is very rough.

Remember, always use common sense and swim responsibly. ✔ If you are caught in a rip current, don’t panic or try to swim against the current. Swim parallel to shore until you are out of the current. Rip currents are rarely more than 30-feet wide. If you can’t break out of the current, float calmly until it dissipates, usually just beyond the breakers. Then swim diagonally to shore. If you don’t know how to swim, stay out of the water! ✔ Swim near a lifeguard. ✔ Supervise children when in or near the water. ✔ Respect the beach and water environment; know the water conditions. ✔ Know your swimming abilities and limits. ✔ Swim in groups. ✔ Be aware of weather conditions; get out of the water and away from the beach during electrical storms. ✔ Stay calm in the event of an emergency. ✔ Pay attention to beach warning flags and lifeguards. A RED flag means the surf is dangerous: stay out of the water; a YELLOW flag means use caution when entering the Gulf; a GREEN flag indicates waters are calm. A PURPLE flag means dangerous marine life may be present. DOUBLE RED flags mean the water is closed to the public.

Follow these tips to help make a visit to the beach a safe one! For daily sea conditions and current warning flags, visit the Santa Rosa County website at www.santarosa.fl.gov/navarrebeach. For more information concerning marine and environmental issues, contact Chris Verlinde, UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Sea Grant Extension Agent at 623-3868 or email chrismv@ufl.edu. For more information, call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at 934-2600 or visit the Gulf Islands National Seashore Web site at www.nps.gov/guis.


Local Events Blue Angels: During the 2012 season, the Blue Angels will perform practice air shows over Naval Air Station Pensacola most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m.** In addition, following most of the Wednesday practices, there will be an autograph session with the pilots inside the Museum of Naval Aviation. Admission to the Blue Angels practices and autograph session are FREE and open to the public. The viewing area for the Blue Angels’ practice is located behind the Museum. Signs are posted to direct visitors to viewing and parking locations, including special spaces for handicapped visitors. Bleachers are available for seating about 1,000 people. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs. We also suggest that visitors bring hats, sunscreen and water. **Blue Angels practices are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, flight operations or other unforeseen events. June: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 July: 17 & 18 August: 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 21 & 22 September 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 October 17, 23, 24 & 30 “Blues Over The Beach” When: July 13-14, 2012 Where: Pensacola Beach Witness exhilarating stunts and heart-stopping maneuvers at the Pensacola Beach Air Show. The Navy's flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, along with civilian and other military aircraft will perform aerial acrobatics over the Gulf of Mexico during a weekend of high-flying fun. July 13th Full dress rehearsal and July 14th The Annual “Blues Over The Beach” show. Both shows begin at Noon with the Blue Angels taking to the sky at 2:00 p.m.

Evenings in Olde Seville Square When: Thursday evenings through August 9th Where: Seville Park Government & Alcaniz Streets, Pensacola The concerts feature a variety of music from Jazz to Country, Rock 'n Roll to Big Band, Easy Listening to Reggae. Grab your lawn chair, your blanket and get ready to jam to some fantastic music under the stars in Historic Pensacola! 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. www.pensacolaheritage.org/specialevents/evenings-in-olde-seville.asp Bands on the Beach – Pensacola Beach When: Tuesday evenings through October 30, 2012 Rock the Docks at HarborWalk Village Where: Gulfside Pavilion/Pensacola Beach by When: Saturday Evenings through Septem- Beach Ball Water Tower ber 1, 2012 The beach’s favorite summer evening concert series with Where: HarborWalk Village, local musical favorites playing at the Gulfside Pavilion. 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL 32541 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Concert line-up can be found at Every Saturday night during the summer, www.visitpensacolabeach.com/what/bands.php come out for a great evening on the Harbor to party and dance to the beat of live Concerts in Navarre Park musical performances! When: Every Thursday Evening (Weather Permitting) 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. http://www.emerald- through August 30, 2012 grande.com/event.aspx Where: Navarre Park at the foot of Navarre Bridge on Highway 98 First Friday Enjoy local musicians with music ranging from Jazz, Big When: June 1, July 6, August 3, Band, Southern Rock and more with the beautiful September 7 & October 5 Navarre Sound and sunset as the backdrop. Bring your Where: Portifino Boardwalk beach blankets and lawn chairs for a night of free family Enjoy live music, prize drawings and gorentertainment. Food and beverages are available for geous sun sets over the Gulf. 5:30 p.m. – purchase for each week made possible by local busi7:30 pm. http://pensacolabeachboardness sponsorships. 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. walk.com/events.asp http://www.navarrechamber.com/events

SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR

September 28 – 30 August 23 Navarre Beach Sand Dalena & Friends – Latin, Sculpting Festival Tropical & Variety 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free con- Seven of the world's top soft sand sculptors are coming to cert compete at Navarre Beach. May 31 – June 2 July 7 August 2 August 24 & 25 Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival June 21 Clinch 46 – Dance Band The Landing Park, Fort Walton Robert Wayne - Country 7:00 p.m., Destin HarborWalk Touch of Gray – Southern & An Evening Under the Stars – Weekends in October Beaches to Woodland Tour 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free con- Village Classic Rock Star Gazing Event Beach cert 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free concert Viewing starts just before sun- Annual Fall events featuring the 4 corners of Santa Rosa set, Gulfside Pavilion June 1 County http://theJune 22 & 23 August 3 Marc Kaul & David Dunn July 12 beachestowoodlandstour An Evening Under the Stars – Shade – Classic R&B Paul Killough and Marc Kaul August 28 5:30 p.m., Portofino BoardStar Gazing Event The Sawmill Band – “A Knee .com/ walk, Pensacola Beach 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free con- 5:30 p.m., Portofino BoardViewing starts just before sun- cert walk, Pensacola Beach Slappin Good Time” set, Gulfside Pavilion 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, October 2 June 2 Jeff Tucker and On the August 4 Pensacola Beach Cadillac Willy – Jam Band July 13 Beach – Rock, Pop, Country, 7:00 p.m., Destin HarborWalk June 26 Pensacola Beach Air Show – Jones & Company Jazz & Americana The Modern Eldorados – 7:00 p.m., Destin HarborWalk August 30 Village Full Dress Rehearsal 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Country & Rock Village The Calypso Nuts – Island 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, July 14 Sounds, Rock, Pop/Reggae Pensacola Beach Fiesta Boat Parade August 7 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free conBoats depart from the mouth Pensacola Beach Pensacola Beach Air Show October 5 Touch of Gray – Oldies but cert of Bayou Chico at 1:00 p.m. Paul Killough and Marc Kaul June 28 Goodies Deja Vu – Dance Band 5:30 p.m., Portofino BoardDeLuna Landing Ceremony Rusty Grits – Rock & Country 7:00 p.m., Destin HarborWalk 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, August 31 walk, Pensacola Beach Pensacola Beach Greek Festival August 31 – 3:00 p.m.,Portofino Boardwalk, 6 p.m., Navarre Park, Village free concert September 2 Pensacola Beach August 9 Emerald Coast Conference October 9 July 17 ClassX – Classic Rock Covers June 30 Beyond Reason – Rock from Center June 5 Pearl Clarkin with Big Jim 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Cadillac Willy – Jam Band 70’s to Today Astronauts – High Energy Brown – singer/songwriter Pensacola Beach 7:00 p.m., Destin HarborWalk 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free con- September 2 Tunes from 80’s to Today cert Labor Day Concert & Fire7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Village Pensacola Beach October 16 works Pensacola Beach July 3 August 14 Destin HarborWalk Village be- One Accord – R&B Funk July 19 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, CrossTown – Classic Rock, gins 6:00 p.m. June 7 Not Quite Fab – Beatles Trib- Big Muddy – Blues Pensacola Beach 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, The Rowdies – Rock from 70’s Blues & Everything in beute Band tween September 4 to Today 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free con- Pensacola Beach The 13th Hourglass – Classics October 19 & 20 6:00 p.m., Navarre Park, free 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, cert An Evening Under the Stars – Pensacola Beach August 16 from 60’s to Today concert Freeway 98 Band –Blues, 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Star Gazing Event July 24 Viewing starts just before sunJuly 4 Pensacola Beach Fiesta Day Parade The Reunion Band - Eclectic Funk, Rock & Pop set, Gulfside Pavilion 6:30 p.m., Downtown Spring & Happy Fourth of July! Blend 60’s, 70’s, R&B, British 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free conNavarre Beach fireworks start Invasion & Motown cert September 7 Garden Streets October 23 at dark John Wheeler and David 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Civilized Natives August 18 Dunn June 12 Pensacola Beach 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Destin HarborWalk Village Jones & Company 5:30 p.m., Portofino BoardLektric Mullet – Late 60’s & Pensacola Beach events start at 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m., Destin HarborWalk walk, Pensacola Beach early 70’s Rock July 26 Village 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Seville Square Cross Town Band – Classic October 30 events begin at 11:00 a.m. September 11 Pensacola Beach Rock, Blues & Variety A Touch of Gray -Oldies but August 21 Wildwood – Rock 6 p.m., Navarre Park, July 5 Southern Breeze – Rocking 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Goodies June 14 free concert 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, The Mainstream – Rock from Country, Acoustic & Southern Pensacola Beach Petty Cash – Classic Rock Pensacola Beach Rock 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free concert 90’s to Today July 27 & 28 6 p.m., Navarre Park, free concert An Evening Under the Stars – 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, September 25 November 2 – 3 Pensacola Beach Kee Creek Band – Covers, June 16 Star Gazing Event The Blue Angels HomecomRed, White & Blue Celebra- Viewing starts just before sunSing Alongs & Rock Flip flop Boys – Reggae, tion 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, ing Airshows Beach & Country set, Gulfside Pavilion Naval Air Station Pensacola Pensacola Beach 7:00 p.m., Destin HarborWalk Destin HarborWalk Village begins 6:00 p.m. Village May 31 Fiesta Days Celebration 7:00 p.m., Pensacola Seville Quarter

June 19 Dr. Breeze – Jazz, Blues & Classic Rock 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach

July 6 David Dunn & John Wheeler 5:30 p.m., Portofino Boardwalk, Pensacola Beach

July 31 Not Quite Fab – Beatles Tribute Band 7:00 p.m., Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach

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Activities for Children

Sam’s Fun and Surf City

Sam’s Fun and Surf City offers year-around entertainment for the entire family. Located south of Interstate 10 on Highway 29, Sam’s Fun City offers four large tube slides, including the largest slide on the Gulf Coast “The Shark Attack,” two body slides and six child slides, more than 750 feet of lazy river and three activity pools. Sam’s is the first water park to open for the season beginning May 5. Fun City is open seven days a week. Sam’s also has late night swimming and fireworks extravaganzas every Friday night. Other attractions include beach volleyball, an arcade, laser tag, go carts and a restaurant. Fun City has free parking and annual passes are available. Groups and birthday parties are welcome at Sam’s Fun City. For more information, visit www.samsfuncity.com or call 850-505-0800.

West Florida Railroad Museum/Milton Train Depot Navarre Park

Located on U.S. Highway 98 along the Santa Rosa Sound adjacent to the Butterfly House. Playground with a tot lot, duck pond, boardwalk, fishing pier and a splash pad to cool off on hot summer days make this a favorite with kids. Pack a picnic and plan on spending the evening with weekly concerts from May to September.

The Gulf Breeze Zoo

Located at 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway, the zoo offers over 600 animals and is surrounded by botanical gardens. Catch a ride on the Safari Line train through 30 acres of free-roaming animals in their natural habitat.

Big Kahuna’s Water Park

Located in the heart of Destin on U.S. Highway 98, Big Kahuna’s Water Park offers more than 40 water attractions and an adventure park. Guests can even enjoy mini-golf and a super-speed raceway.

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Restored Train Depot and Museum houses a wide variety of memorabilia from the L&N, Frisco and other railroads. Kids will enjoy the opportunity to explore several train car displays, outbuildings and the G scale garden railroad. There is also an active set of train tracks nearby so if you time it right, you can watch the train zoom by up close! Open Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 5003 Henry Street, Milton http://wfrm.org/museum.html.

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

Provides hands-on marine science opportunities that encourage deeper understanding of our coasts and ocean for students. They seek to stimulate student interest in science and teach the importance of caring for the marine environment. The 2012 Science by the Sea Summer Day Camps will be held June 18 – 22, July 2 – 6, July 23 – 27 and August 6-10. The camps are designed to allow kids to grow up learning about the Gulf of Mexico’s marine science and coastal ecology while nurturing the curiosity and stewardship potential in each child. Activities may include: exploring what lives underneath the sand, learning to kayak, seining, dissecting squid, learning about sharks, fishing, building sand sculptures, making crafts, snorkeling, doing experiments, touching live animals and more. http://navarresciencestation.org/. Plan on joining The World Ocean Festival on Navarre Beach on June 8 - 9, 2012.


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The Gulf Breeze Zoo Babuka

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre facility with lush Florida gardens and hundreds of animals, including primates, large cats, bears and colorful birds. Rwanda

The Zoo welcomed their star attraction in January: Kigali, a male Western Lowland Gorilla. Kigali, a four-month-old Western Lowland Gorilla, has been in the care of zookeepers since his birth by cesarean section. Now a healthy 12 pounds, Kigali is ahead on all of his developmental milestones and is raising a ruckus at the nursery, said Zoo Director Kayte Wanko. “We have developmental goals for him every 30 days,” said Wanko. Kigali is progressing well, and he and his mother Rwanda are slowly being introduced to each other, a process that Wanko feels will be complete by mid-summer. In the meantime, the little guy is attracting crowds daily at the nursery. He’s learning to eat solid foods, drink on his own and is gaining more independence. “He’s very aware now,” Wanko said. “He’s noticing colors and he likes pink. Pink is definitely his favorite color. He leaves us (caregivers) to go to the window to see people in pink.” Kigali is also fascinated by babies. When parents bring their infants to the nursery window, it’s difficult to say who is enjoying the interaction more, Kigali or the parents. “He’s mesmerized by babies,” said Wanko. Kigali’s development is roughly on par with that of an 18-month-old human. He is developing a unique personality and having temper tantrums much like a human toddler.

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“If he bites,”Wanko said, “he gets a time out.”Wanko said that Kigali will make a face and huff and puff just like a human child. “He talks back to you,” she said. “We have quite the smart little man on our hands.” The Announcement: The Gulf Breeze Zoo announced the impending birth of yet to be named, Kigali, in early January. After cohabitating for some time, Lowland Gorillas Rwanda and her mate Babuka were separated when the zoo tried to mate Rwanda with two other males. Rwanda didn’t take to the two males because their aggressive behavior scared her. When Rwanda and Babuka were reunited, it was clear to the staff at the zoo that this was a pairing that fit both animals. Wanko said that an animal’s comfort level has a lot to do with procreation. “They love each other, they had missed each other, and they wanted to be together,”Wanko said. Many gorillas in managed care require medical intervention in order to conceive, but Rwanda and Babuka reproduced naturally. “We couldn’t believe how easy it was,” said Wanko. The staff at the zoo used several over-thecounter pregnancy tests to confirm Rwanda’s pregnancy. The Birth: A team of zoo staff members began 24-hour observations on the gorilla five weeks prior to the birth of Kigali on Jan. 23, 2012. Gorilla labor cycle is typically shorter than that of humans and Rwanda’s labor did not progress sufficiently. Zoo officials made the decision to deliver the newborn via cesarean section. “Twelve hours is considered a long labor (for) gorillas. We began consultations with our zoo veterinarian and veterinarians from other zoos, who have significant experience with births, hours before the decision to assist was made,” Wanko said. “This decision saved the life of our infant and possibly his mother.” However, mom Rwanda’s was not able to produce milk to feed her File photo baby and displayed behaviors that Gulf Breeze Zoo’s newest addition, a bouncing baby boy gorilla, plays with one of his caregivers, Tenille Welch, at the zoo’s nursery on Feb. 20. were a potential threat to Kigali. “This is not unusual for first-time and hand reared mother gorillas of her species,” Wanko said. Zoo staffers are taking turns rotating through six-hour shifts at the Zoo so the infant Kigali had someone with him at all times. Zoo officials then started working with other zoos around the country to plan for Kigali’s eventual reintroduction to his troop. Other Zoo Attractions: The Zoo is in the midst of a baby boom this summer, with new animal births spread throughout the warm months. New baby goats, pea chicks, sable antelope, siabang monkeys, hippos, and squirrel monkeys will all be coming to the Zoo. Plan to spend time at the large petting area, the giraffe feeding station and the reptile house. Visit the Australian Free-Flight Budgiery, where colorful parakeets fly around and enjoy "budgie treat sticks" while perched on your hand! Or catch a ride on the Safari Line train through the 30-acre preserve where you can get a close-up view of chimpanzees, and Nile hippos. Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy


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Things To Do

Golf

NAVARRE:

The Club at Hidden Creek This lush, 18-hole golf course served as a host site for the U.S. Open Qualifying Rounds. Eat at The Tuscan Grille after you hit the links. 3070 PGA Blvd 939-1939 www.hiddengolf.com

Water Fun Jet-ski Rental:

GULF BREEZE:

Tiger Point Golf Club 1255 Country Club Road 932-1330 www.tigerpointclub.com

PENSACOLA:

Lost Key Golf Club 625 Lost Key Drive 548-2160 www.lostkey.com

Marcus Pointe Golf Club 2500 Oak Pointe Drive 484-9770 www.golfmarcuspointe.com Osceola Golf Course 300 Tonawanda Drive 453-7599 www.osceolagolf.com

Perdido Bay Golf Club 1 Doug Ford Drive 492-1223 www.perdidobaygolf.com Scenic Hills Country Club 8891 Burning Tree Road 476-0380 www.scenichills.com

FORT WALTON BEACH:

Shalimar Pointe 302 Country Club Road Shalimar, FL 651-4300 www.shalimarpointe.com

DESTIN:

Emerald Bay Golf Club 4781 Clubhouse Drive 837-5197 www.emeraldbaygolfclub.com

Indian Bayou Golf and Country Club 1 Country Club Drive 837-6191 www.indianbayougolf.com

Kelly Plantation Golf Club 307 Kelly Plantation Drive 650-7600 www.kellyplantationgolf.com

Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club 465 Regatta Bay Blvd 337-8080 www.regattabay.com

Bonifay Water Sports 460 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola Beach 932-0633 www.bonifaywatersports.com

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort 9300 U.S. Highway 98 267-8211 www.sandestin.com

Seascape Resort Golf Club 100 Seascape Drive 654-7888 www.seascape-resort.com

The Golf Garden of Destin 12958 U.S. Highway 98 837-7422 http://thegolfgardenofdestin.com

Mini-Golf

FORT WALTON BEACH: Goofy Golf 401 Eglin Pkwy NE 862-4922 www.goofygolffwb.com

PENSACOLA BEACH:

Island Palms Miniature Golf 460 Pensacola Beach Boulevard 932-0633 bonifaywatersports.com

PENSACOLA:

Fast Eddie’s Fun Center 505 W. Michigan Ave 433-7735 www.fasteddiesfunctr.com Goofy Golf 3924 W. Navy Blvd 458-5556

Sam’s Fun City 6709 Pensacola Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32505 505-0800 www.samsfuncity.com

DESTIN:

Track Family Recreation Center 1125 U.S. Highway 98 654-4668 www.destintrack.com

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Juana Ski & Sail 1451 Navarre Beach Blvd Navarre Beach 939-2130 www.juanaspagodas.com Navarre Watersports On Hwy 98 between Stinky’s Fish Camp and Best Western Navarre 939-9923 www.navarrewatersportsllc.com

Kayak/Bike/ Surf Board Rentals:

Fun Store Unit C, 5 Via De Luna Drive Pensacola Beach 8649 Gulf Blvd Navarre Beach 916-4386 www.funstorefl.com

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Coastal Paddle Company 33A Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 916-1600 or 341-3831 www.coastalpaddlecompany.com Fun Store Unit C, 5 Via De Luna Drive Pensacola Beach 8649 Gulf Blvd Navarre Beach 916-4386 www.funstorefl.com

Parasailing:

Bonifay Water Sports 460 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola Beach 932-0633 bonifaywatersports.com Radical Rides 444 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola Beach 934-9743 www.radicalrides.com

Kiteboarding

Navarre Kiteboarding 266-4801 navarrekiteboarding.com


Inshore Charters

22’ Pathfinder made by the Maverick Boat Company with a 250hp Yamaha.

All bait, tackle, and licenses are included.

Fish for:

Trout Mackerel Redfish Flounder Snapper Cobia

Types of Trips

Grouper Amberjack Sheepshead

• 4-6 hour trips for up to 4 anglers. • Custom trips available. • Dolphin and Sightseeing trips available. • Kids 2.5 hr. Fishing Clinic

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Operating from Navarre to Pensacola USCG licensed and insured.

For rates and availability call 850-393-9055 or email fishflatout@yahoo.com • www.fishflatout.com

For current fishing reports visit my Facebook link through my website.

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Things To Do Go Carts:

Bonifay Watersports 460 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola Beach 932-0633 www.bonifaywatersports.com/ speedy-johns-go-carts Sam’s Fun City 6709 Pensacola Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32505 505-0800 www.samsfuncity.com

More fun things to do:

Big Kahuna’s 1007 Hwy 98 E Destin 837-8319 www.bigkahunas.com

Boogies Watersports 16 Harbor Boulevard Destin 654-4497 www.boogieswatersports.com

Emerald Coast Science Center 139 Brooks Street SE Fort Walton Beach 664-1261 www.ecscience.org

Paint-It-Here 1820 Alpine Drive Navarre 939-0403 www.paintithere.com

Fired Up! 201 B Miracle Strip Parkway SE Fort Walton Beach 302-0202 www.firedupfwb.com

Sea Blaster- Capt Larry Goodson Harbor Walk Village Destin 654-6888 www.seablasterdestin.com

Five Flags Speedway 7451 Pine Forest Road Pensacola 944-8400 www.5flagsspeedway.com

The Gulfarium 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway Fort Walton Beach 243-9046 www.gulfarium.com

Hiking/Nature:

Go Anywhere Scooters Scooter Sales & Rentals 9050 Navarre Parkway Navarre 936-7020 www.goanywherescooters.com

Naval Live Oaks Hike on over 7.5 miles of trails including the .8 mile Breckenridge Nature Trail behind the Visitor Center. Pack a picnic or enjoy a swim in the beautiful Santa Rosa Sound. Free. U.S. Highway 98, east of Gulf Breeze www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/naval-live-oaks.htm

Good Time Tours 455 Corday Street Pensacola 476-0046 www.goodtimetours.com

Gulf Breeze Zoo 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 932-2229 www.gulfbreezezoo.org

Navarre Beach State Park Navarre Beach State Park offers 130 acres of unspoiled beach that is perfect for sun seekers, birdwatcher and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors enjoy seeing coastal and aquatic wildlife such as bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and a variety of shorebirds during the day, and breathtaking sunsets in the evenings. Free. Located on Gulf Boulevard across the Navarre Beach Bridge.

Heritage Park & Cultural Center 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE Fort Walton Beach 833-9595

Canoeing: A favorite destination for canoeists and kayakers, Blackwater River State Park offers opportunities for swimming, fishing, camping, and paddling. 7720 Deaton Bridge Road Holt, Florida 32564 www.floridastateparks.org/blackwaterriver

Gator Beach 20001 Emerald Coast Parkway Destin 837-4781 www.gatorbeach.com Radical Rides 444 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola Beach 934-9743 www.radicalrides.com

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STORE

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Shell IDs Lightning Whelk Florida Spiny Jewelbox Florida Fighting Conch

Scallop Cailico Clam

Murex Common American Auger

Sunray Venus Sozon’s Cone Shark’s Eye Banded Tulip Imperial Venus Bonnet

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Sandollar

Lettered Olive

Lucine

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Ken Kitchens (850) 313-9496

Liz Posey (850) 206-1782

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More Attractions: Panhandle Butterfly House

Wander through this educational and interactive exhibit. Learn about butterfly life cycle and view the butterfly nursery. Free. Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 8581 Navarre Parkway (Hwy 98 at the foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge) www.panhandlebutterflyhouse.org

The Gulf Breeze Zoo The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre facility with lush Florida gardens and hundreds of animals, including primates, large cats, bears and colorful birds. The Zoo welcomed their star attraction in January: Kigali, a male Western Lowland Gorilla. Now a bustling toddler, Kigali is being reintroduced to his mother Rwanda and can be seen on the island or in the nursery. He’s a fun loving little guy who loves the color pink and gazing at babies. The Zoo is in the midst of a baby boom this summer, with new animal births spread throughout the warm months. New baby goats, pea chicks, sable antelope, siabang monkeys, hippos, and squirrel monkeys will all be coming to the Zoo. Plan to spend time at the large petting area, the giraffe feeding station and the reptile house. Visit the Australian Free-Flight Budgiery, where colorful parakeets fly around and enjoy "budgie treat sticks" while perched on your hand! Or catch a ride on the Safari Line train through the 30-acre preserve where you can get a close-up view of chimpanzees, and Nile hippos. Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy 932-2229 www.gulfbreezezoo.org

Heritage Park and Cultural Center Heritage Park & Cultural Center includes the Indian Temple Mound Museum, Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mound, and the Civil War Exhibit building. The museum houses interpretative exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American occupation, as well as the finest collection of Fort Walton Period ceramics in the Southeastern United States. Fee charged. Summer Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 139 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. 833-9595

• Friday, May 25, 2012 • Friday, June 8, 2012 • Friday, June 22, 2012 • Friday, July 13, 2012 • Friday, July 27, 2012 • Friday, August 10, 2012 • Friday, August 24, 2012 • Friday, September 21, 2012

2012 5 Flags Speedway Racing Schedule

Buddy’s Blizzard #3, Sportsmen, Bomber AllenTurner Pro Late Models 100 #2 Sportsmen, Bomber Buddy’s Blizzard #4 Sportsmen, Bomber TBARA Winged Sprints, Modified, Sportsmen, Bomber Allen turner Pro Late Model 100 #3, Super Stock, Sportsmen, Bomber United Cerebral Palsy Night; Sportsmen, Modified, Bomber, Demo Derby Allen Turner Pro Late Model 100 #4, Sportsmen, Bomber Buddy’s Blizzard Series #5, Super Stock, Sportsmen, Bomber

• Saturday, September 29, 2012 Allen Turner Pro Late Model 100 #5, Modified, Sportsmen, Bomber, Night of Champions • Saturday, November 17, 2012 Snowball Derby Preview (Open Practice) • Wednesday, November 28, 2012 45th Annual Snowball Derby – Green Flag Party • Thursday, November 29, 2012 45th Annual Snowball Derby – Sportsmen, Bomber • Friday, November 30, 2012 45th Annual Snowball Derby – Modified, Super Stock, WXBM Pole Night • Saturday, December 1, 2012 45th Annual Snowball Derby – Allen Turner Snowflake 100

850-944-8400 • 7451 Pine Forest Road • Pensacola, Florida • www.5flagsspeedway.com Navarre Beach Visitor’s Guide 2012 21


Local Restaurants NAVARRE:

Acapulco Bar & Grill 9502 Navarre Parkway 936-4994 All American Heroes 8544 Navarre Parkway 936-9797 Alphy’s Catfish House 1900 Hwy 87 S. 515-1201 Beach Berry Frozen Yogurt 1892 Andorra Street 710-3067

Burger King 8590 Navarre Parkway 939-1659

Cactus Flower Café 8725 Ortega Park Drive 936-4111 Café 88 1815 Alpine Drive 939-0098

Church’s Fried Chicken 8068 Navarre Parkway 939-2121 Dippin’ Dots 9526 Navarre Parkway 936-1210 Dirt Road Cookers 6900 Navarre Parkway 384-8839

Domino’s Pizza 1933 Ortega St. 939-6995

East Bay Crab House 9250 Navarre Parkway 939-5543

East River Smokehouse 1968 Highway 87 939-2802

El Patron Mexican Grille 8137 Navarre Parkway 936-0950 Firehouse Subs 1894 Andorra St. Unit C3 515-0957 Golden Dragon 9914 Navarre Parkway 939-2555 Hachi Japanese Grill Express 1817 Alpine Avenue 939-1888

Helen Back Again 8651 Navarre Parkway 396-6568 Hungry Howie’s 8230 Navarre Parkway 939-6400

Johnny Huston’s Grille and Bar 7634 Navarre Parkway 936-9900

Kentucky Fried Chicken 8676 Navarre Parkway 936-9600

McDonald’s 8644 Navarre Pkwy 939-5506

Naturally Healthy Catering 7279 Navarre Parkway 939-7040 NYPD Pizza Depot 8207 Navarre Parkway #10A 936-NYPD (6973) Paco’s Grill & Bar 1878 Andorra St. 936-5800

Papa John’s Pizza 1813 Alhambra St. 939-7171

Peking House 8224 Navarre Parkway 936-9898 Pizza Hut 8692 Navarre Parkway 939-8217 RBI Subs 1824 Alpine Avenue 939-7921

Rib Shack of Navarre 9532 Navarre Parkway 936-4244 Sailor’s Grill & Bakery/Juana’s 1451 Navarre Beach Pkwy 939-1092

Sakura Japanese Cuisine Sushi & Hibachi 8209-12C Navarre Parkway 936-8999 Sal’s Pizzeria & Grill 6903 Navarre Parkway 936-8240 Shrimp Basket 8900 Navarre Parkway 936-5227 Slippery Mermaid Sushi Bar 8779 Navarre Parkway 621-2119 Stinky’s Fish Camp 8651 Navarre Parkway 396-7799 Subway 8664 Navarre Parkway 939-1922 Taco Bell 8708 Navarre Parkway 939-8180 T.C.’s Front Porch 8552 Navarre Parkway 936-1601 Thai Hut 8147 Navarre Parkway 936-4337 Thailand’s Best 1935 Ortega St. 939-6950

The Twist Custom Ice Cream 1816 Prado St. 936-1137

Tops Choice Hamburgers 8072 Navarre Parkway 939-7375

Tropical Smoothie 8646 Navarre Parkway 936-1320

Tuscan Grille at Hidden Creek 3070 PGA Blvd. 939-1942 Vinnie R’s Italian Restaurant 7552 Navarre Pkwy. Ste. 14 936-4811 Waffle House 8582 Navarre Parkway 939-0073

GULF BREEZE:

Aloha Grill 3499 Gulf Breeze Parkway 932-4837 The Royal Palace Buffet 3095 Gulf Breeze Parkway 932-2168

PENSACOLA BEACH:

Bamboo Willies 400 Quietwater Beach Road 916-9888 Beach Pops 49 Via de Luna 677-9177

Grand Marlin 400 Pensacola Beach Boulevard 677-9153

Hemingway’s Island Grill 400 Quietwater Beach Road 934-4747 Hooters 400 Quietwater Beach Road #13 934-9464 Paradise Bar & Grill 21 Via de Luna Drive 916-5087 Sidelines Sports Bar 2 Via de Luna 934-3660

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PENSACOLA:

Bonefish Grill 5025 N. 12th Avenue 471-2324 Joe Patti’s Seafood 524 South B Street 432-3315

Outback Steakhouse 601 E. Gregory Street 432-2800 Taste of India 2900 East Cervantes Street 439-3005

The Fish House 600 South Barracks Street 470-0003

MARY ESTHER: Bombay Masala 1360 Highway 98 W 866-483-6141

County Line Pizza and Pub 3176 Highway 98 W. 200-4262

Deb’s Coffee Drive-Thru 9050 Navarre Parkway 515-3322

FORT WALTON BEACH: Edible Arrangements 230 Eglin Parkway N.E. 226-4110 Fiddly Bits & Teas 222 Miracle Strip S.E. 226-7375

Magnolia Grill 157 Brooks Street S.E. 302-0266

MILTON:

HWY 87 Daddy’s BBQ & Thai 9234 Highway 87 East Milton 623-9373

DESTIN:

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Night Life Movie Theaters: Breeze Cinema 8, Gulf Breeze 1233 Crane Cove Boulevard 934-3315

Rave Motion Pictures, Pensacola 5149 Bayou Boulevard 475-2240 Regal Sun Plaza Stadium 8, Fort Walton Beach 427 Mary Esther Boulevard N.W. 244-4252

UA Santa Rosa 10, Fort Walton Beach 300 Mary Esther Boulevard 243-2135

Places:

Helen Back Again 8651 Navarre Parkway Navarre 396-6568

Juana’s Pagodas 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway Navarre Beach 939-2130 TC’s Front Porch 8552 Navarre Parkway Navarre 936-1601 The Block 113 Eglin Parkway S.E. Fort Walton Beach 301-9393 Funky Blues Shack 707 Highway 98 E. Destin 654-3839

Harry T’s Boathouse 46 Harbor Boulevard/Harbor Walk Village Destin 654-4800 Howl at the Moon 1450 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast Fort Walton Beach 301-0111

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Nightown 140 Palmetto Street Destin 837-7625

Seville Quarter 130 East Government Street Pensacola 434-6211

Bamboo Willie’s Beachside Bar 400 Quietwater Beach Road Pensacola Beach 916-9888 Sidelines Sports Bar 2 Via de Luna 934-3660

The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint 100 Harbor Boulevard/Harbor Walk Village Destin 460-2271

The Swamp 1450 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. Fort Walton Beach 796-1300

Tightlines/Deep End 76 Harbor Blvd/Harbor Walk Village Destin 837-1126 Hemingway’s/Bimini Beach Bar 400 Quietwater Beach Road Pensacola Beach 934-4747 Capt’n Fun Beach Club 400 Quietwater Beach Road Pensacola Beach 934-3978 Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub 49 Via De Luna Drive Pensacola Beach 916-9808

Sandshaker 731 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola Beach 932-2211


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Shopping NAVARRE:

British Pedlar 7552 Navarre Parkway #19 939-9919 Broxson Outdoors 8155 Navarre Parkway 936-0230 CVS 8422 Navarre Parkway 936-1445

Good Neighbor House Thrift Store 9025 Navarre Parkway 515-0109 Half Hitch Tackle 8711 Navarre Parkway 939-9885

K-T Bug Gifts Gifts, jewelry, apparel Sand Dollar Plaza 1900 Highway 87 South 936-7002

Island Style Beachwear, apparel, gifts 8715 Ortega Park Drive 939-2777

Navarre Family Eye Care 8158 Navarre Pkwy 939-3459 (Sunglasses) Navarre Liquors 1884 Andorra Street 936-1130

Navarre Seafood Market 8104 Navarre Parkway 515-2916 Pet Nation Pets and supplies Highway 98 Publix Plaza 936-8201

GULF BREEZE:

Beall’s Department Store 3345 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 934-6725 Blue Sky Gift Shoppe Gifts 3479 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 932-7100 Cameo Antique Mall 5608 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 934-3407 Flea Market Covered flea market 5760 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 934-1971 Helping Hands Missions Thrift Store 5307 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 932-4400 Tiki Jake’s Life is Good 868 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 932-7623

PENSACOLA: Cordova Mall 5100 N 9th Ave 477-7562

934-3100

Floridatown Station Indoor antique flea market 4372 Floridatown Road Pace 995-0055 Geronimo’s Outpost 69 Via De Luna Drive Pensacola Beach 916-3102

Weatherford’s 3009 E. Cervantes Street 433-2822

FORT WALTON BEACH:

3 Dogs & a Chick 130 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. 243-7297 Bad Girls Art Gallery 183 Eglin Parkway N.E. 226-6463

Beach Castle Cigars 461 Ranger Road Suite 1 301-1900 Dennis & Company 205 Florida Place 226-4380

Hugs and Hissyfits 184 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. #2 796-4847

Fun Store Kohl’s 5 Via De Luna Drive Unit C 800 N. Beal Parkway Pensacola Beach 315-6006 916-4386 Island Style Beachwear, Apparel, gifts, etc. 782 Quietwater Beach Road Pensacola Beach

Saltwater Cottage 8470 Navarre Parkway 939-7055 Walgreens 8220 Navarre Parkway 936-4302

Walmart Super Center 9360 Navarre Parkway Navarre, FL 32566 939-3998

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Liz Fashions 184 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. #2 200-4544 P.S. Gifts 29 NE Walter Martin Road 243-9577 Run With It Athletic shoes 142 Miracle Strip Parkway 243-1007

Santa Rosa Mall 300 Mary Esther Boulevard 244-2172

Target 250 E. Miracle Strip Parkway 243-4188 The Closet Swap 222 Miracle Strip Parkway 226-7763

T.J. Maxx 417 Mary Esther Boulevard 362-0136 Unwind – The Yarn Shop 148 Miracle Strip Parkway 314-9898 Uptown Station 99 Eglin Parkway N.E. 654-4126 ext 123

USA Scuba 2225 Highway 98 W. 243-3483

DESTIN:

Destin Commons 4300 Legendary Drive 337-8700 Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village 10 Harbor Boulevard 424-0600

Silver Sands Outlet Over 100 stores ranging from Coach to Leno to Nike 10562 Emerald Coast Parkway W. 654-9771 Stein Mart 4433 E. Commons Drive 269-0110


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Only minutes east of Navarre...

Magnolia Grill A Part of Fort Walton’s History

Artwalks: (most merchants serve complimentary appetizers and beverages)

June 15th – 5:30-8:30pm July 20th – 5:30-8:30pm Aug 17th – 5:30-8:30pm First Saturday Sidewalk Sale of the month! June 2nd • July 7th • Aug 4th www.downtownfwb.com

Find us on facebook: downtown Fort Walton Beach

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Where flirty and elegant come together for swimwear, fashion, and fun!!

• Ladies' Apparel • Ladies' Swimwear • Ladies' Sportswear • Accessories (850) 200-4544

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184 Miracle Strip Parkway • Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Paint your own pottery studio • Walk-Ins Welcome • Private Parties • Create Your Own Souvenir • Girls Night Out • Great Date Night! Pottery available next day upon request

Open Mon-Thurs 11am to 7pm Fri-Sat 11am to 8pm Sun 1pm to 6pm

201B Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Bch 850-302-0202


Calm the Mind Heal the Body Soothe the Soul Downtown Fort Walton Beach dragonflyyoga.com 850-244-0184

Emerald Coast's Premier Tattoo Studio

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134 SE Miracle Strip Pkwy • Fort Walton Beach

Walk Through Florida History

Four Museums in ONE Location

Indian Temple Mound Museum

Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum

Garnier Post Office Museum

Civil War Exhibits Building

HERITAGE PARK & C139 ULTURAL CENTER Miracle Strip Parkway SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Call for open hours

850.833.9595 Open: Tues-Friday 10:30am-6:00 pm And Saturdays Noon-6 pm Check Facebook for extended hours on some occasions

850•226•7763

222 Miracle Strip Pkwy. Downtown FWB, FL. 32548

www.theclosetswap.com We Pay Cash for Your Clothes!

If you have unbelievable fashion sense, but not an unbelievably fat wallet, this is YOUR Boutique! Amazing Brands. Amazing Prices.

VOTED BEST CONSIGNMENT 2005-2007

Where kids (and adults) have FUN with science!

Explore the human body

Hugs and Hissyfits A children’s boutique

fire an air cannon

Serving tea jam tarts, scones tea sandwiches tea cookies crumpets, salads gourmet sandwiches and more!

Local, National and International Artistians

Check us out on Facebook. 222B Miracle Strip Parkway

850-226-7375

make bubbles bigger than your head! Mon-Sat 9:00 - 6:00 Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 139 Brooks Street Fort Walton Beach

850.664.1261 www.ecscience.org

Fort Walton Beach Destin (850) 796-4847 (850) 650-9509 www.hugsandhissyfits.com

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Local Fishing/Pier/

If you like being outdoors in general and fishing in particular, the Navarre area of the Emerald Coast is the place for you. We have the best saltwater fishing in the state of Florida, and it is out there waiting for you to enjoy. Fishing inshore, utilizing the Santa Rosa Sound as well as the Escambia, East and Choctawhatchee Bays, you will find speckled trout, white trout, sheepshead, redfish, gray snapper and flounder waiting to grab your bait. Do you enjoy relaxing on the Gulf beaches in your chair with your fishing rods staked out in the sand? You will find Florida pompano, redfish, whiting, bluefish and ladyfish and beautiful, clean water in abundance. Move out onto one of the local fishing piers, and you can add king and Spanish mackerel, cobia, hardtail jacks (blue runners) and jack crevalle to your catch. If inshore trolling is your game, then pulling your baits in the Gulf waters will allow you to encounter bonita (little tunny), Spanish and king mackerel, cobia, barracuda, blackfin tuna and mahi-mahi. Six- to eight-hour fishing trips offshore is where the action really heats up. Red snapper, vermilion snapper (locally called “mingoes”), gray triggerfish, amberjack, white snapper (red porgies), lane snapper and three species of grouper (red, gag and scamp) will not only ensure great fishing action, but also provide you with fine meals afterward. Making trips longer than eight hours offshore will take you out to where the big amberjack, snapper and grouper live, as well as yellowfin tuna and an assortment of billfish. Wetting a line at the closest shore to spending a night out on the Gulf, the Emerald Coast can provide you with all the fishing challenge and excitement you desire.

Area Fishing Piers

Navarre Beach:

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier 8579 Gulf Blvd 850-936-1794

Fort Walton Beach:

Fort Walton Beach Fishing Pier Okaloosa Island 1030 Miracle Strip Parkway E. 244-1023

Pensacola Beach:

Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier 41 Fort Pickens Road Pensacola Beach 934-7200

Fishing Charters

NAVARRE:

Flat Out Inshore Charters http://www.fishflatout.com/ 393-9055

Lucky Chucky Charters Serving Navarre and Northwest Florida http://luckychuckycharters.com/ 368-4565

DESTIN:

All located at Destin Harbor Party (Large Group) Boats (25-65 people) Backcountry Outfitters Bay Fishing 654-5566 Destin Charter Service (Gulf and Bay Fishing) 837-1995 Destin Princess & Destiny 837-5088 Harbor Walk Charters 837-2343

Olin Marler Fishing Charters 837-7095 Private Party Charter Boats (4-15 people) Swoope I & II 337-8250

Sunrise Charters 837-2320

PENSACOLA:

West Pensacola Captains Dennis and Steven Miller Native Son’s Charter Boat 232-8309 or 433-2971 Captain DP Charters 261-7953

PENSACOLA BEACH Beach Marina (Several boats of different sizes) 932-8466

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Navarre Beach Fishing Pier

Since its Memorial Day 2010 completion, the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has been celebrated as the longest fishing pier extending into the Gulf of Mexico. The pier features concrete piles and an octagonalend design with a surface area of approximately 3,800 square feet. The pier was constructed using more than 370 breakaway wood panels, which would detach during heavy wave action and help preserve the integrity of the structure, reducing possible storm repair costs. With a surface area exceeding 32,000 square feet, the pier offers fisherman ample space to angle 30 feet above sea-level. The Pier, Inc. deck was recently expanded for more space to enjoy with family and friends. Inside fishermen can find the odds and ends they may have left behind in addition to souvenirs, food and drinks. There is also occasionally live music during the summer months, but regardless, the pier provides views of the Gulf and all its wildlife like nowhere else. Fishing: $7 Spectators: $1Weekly and annual passes available Rules No running on pier No sitting or standing on rail No pets allowed No jumping off pier No glass containers No camping or cooking allowed No fish of any kind left on pier No fish cleaning tables on pier No lights allowed No Sabiki rigs allowed on octagon

Hours 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Place all trash in containers. All tackle except one rod and reel, ice chest, carts, etc., must stay in the center of the octagon at the end of the pier.


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Fish IDs African Pompano

Atlantic Spadefish

Atlantic Thread Herring

Cobia

Bonnethead

Florida Pompano

Red Drum

Gray (Mangrove) Snapper

Gulf Flounder

Round Scad

Blue Runner

Crevalle Jack

King Mackerel

Scaled Sardine Sheepshead

Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Sea Trout

Striped Mullet

Blue Fish

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Navarre Wildlife

(visitflorida.com)

Sea Life The sugary white sands of local beaches along the Gulf of Mexico attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area throughout the year. It is important for local residents and tourists to understand water conditions, flag warnings and safety tips. The Gulf of Mexico is home to a diverse array of marine life. Most are harmless, but there are a few species for which to watch out. Public beaches in Florida use flags to warn visitors of hazardous water conditions and potential dangerous marine life. Red flags mean the water is dangerous and the purple flag will be flown if there is dangerous marine life in the area. Jellies tend to be the most common hazard in our area waters. Green Sea Turtles Green Sea Turtles are the largest of all hard-shell sea turtles, and we are fortunate to share our beaches with nesting females. Each year locals wait with anticipation for the hatchlings to dig out of the nest and make their way to the water. The female sea turtle will choose a location for her nest up on the beach and dig with her hind flippers. She can lay between 60 and 160 eggs in her nest and cover them with sand. She will cover them with sand, and the eggs take approximately 60 days to hatch, and then the babies dig out of the nest to find the water. We take many precautions to protect the hatchlings.

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✔ Remove beach furniture nightly. If it cannot be removed each night, it should be stacked with the shortest edge facing the shoreline. ✔ During nesting season, avoid using umbrellas which have poles buried in the sand. ✔ Fill large holes left on the beach. ✔ Remove plastic bags from the beach. Jellyfish are a staple in a sea turtle’s diet, and plastic bags look like “lunch” to a turtle in the water. ✔ Dispose of excess fishing lines or hooks. ✔ Turn off any lights when not needed, as the hatchlings will go toward light in search of water. ✔ Close curtains and blinds during nesting season. ✔ Keep pets off the beach.

Jellies We have a number of types of jellyfish or “jellies” that can be found along Navarre Beach throughout the year. Most have nematocysts, or stinging cells along the tentacles though some jellies are harmless. The best thing to do is to be aware of your surroundings. If you see jellies, get out of the water and check with the lifeguards to determine if they are the stinging variety. When the stinging cells hit the body, they can leave a red rash. Most jellie stings will subside in a short time, but if you have persistent pain, trouble breathing or are sensitive to stings, seek medical attention.

What to do if you are stung by jellies ✔ Rub sand on the injury. This will help to remove the stinging cells and allow for relief. ✔ Pour vinegar on the injured site. This will break down the cells. Repeat as needed. ✔ There are a number of commercial products available at local drug stores to help reduce the sting.

Stingrays Stingrays are in the shark family and, although not usually aggressive, many species have a sharp, serrated barb at the base of the tail. Stingrays seem to cruise gracefully through the water. However, they feed in the sand and can be found holed up in sandy areas while feeding. This can cause problems for those in the water. Swimmers can step on the stingray and often get hit with the barb as the stingray takes off. The best way to protect swimmers from this accident is to do what is known as the “stingray shuffle.” While walking along in the water, shuffle your feet along the sand. This will frighten the stingray away before you have a chance to step on the fish. A sting by the stingray barb is very painful, and the pain may last for a few hours.

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If you are stung by a stingray ✔ The barb transmits proteinbased venom. This venom causes extreme pain for the first 30-90 minutes and will begin to subside after that. There may be a cut at the sting site. The site may bleed and swell. If you are stung on the hand, remove rings. ✔ If you experience any nausea, vomiting, muscle cramping or chills, go to the nearest emergency room immediately. This could be a sign of an allergic reaction or an overdose of venom. ✔ Soak the affected area in the hottest water tolerable for at least an hour. This will break down the proteins, the venom will have less effect, and the hot water will help reduce pain. The venom may gel or become jelly-like and ooze from the open wound – this is desired. ✔ Wrap the wound in a makeshift bandage (any available clean, lint-free cloth soaked in hot water) once the wound has stopped oozing. ✔ Use a topical antibiotic to reduce the chance of infection and relieve pain. If the wound site shows any signs of infection, such as redness, prolonged swelling or pus, seek medical attention immediately. Untreated infections can result in loss of limbs or death. ✔ If you are unsure about the reaction, seek medical attention.

Sharks The chance of a shark encounter is very rare in Florida; you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning. Sharks eat fish and other marine life, not people! When swimming at the beach, it is important to remember that the Gulf of Mexico is a wilderness, not a swimming pool. Use common sense when enjoying this vast body of water. There are precautions you can take to avoid a shark encounter: ✔ Avoid swimming in areas where people are fishing. ✔ Don’t swim in murky waters or between dusk and dawn (sharks feed during these times and may not see as well in murky waters). ✔ Don’t swim if you are bleeding or have open wounds. ✔ Don’t swim while wearing shiny jewelry (the reflection looks like fish scales). ✔ Refrain from excess splashing, and do not allow pets in the water because of their erratic movements. ✔ Exercise caution when occupying the area between sandbars or near steep drop-offs – these can be favorite hangouts for sharks. ✔ Swim in groups or with a buddy. ✔ Do not enter the water if sharks are known to be present, and get out of the water if a shark is spotted. Do not harass a shark if you see one!

Gulls Graceful and acrobatic, gulls are hardly cautious around humans. They will not hesitate to swoop down and take a potato chip right out of your hand. You can find Florida’s beautiful seabirds on any beach or bay shoreline, or in and around mangrove trees, seawalls and piers. Laughing gulls are so named because their call sounds like a laugh and are easily identified by their black head and red bill. Herring gulls are much larger and have a white head. The small ring-billed gull has a black ring around its yellow bill. They all tend to intermingle. Enjoy watching gulls, but please don't feed them. Yes, it's fun, but it makes them aggressive and dependent on humans for food.

Terns Terns look a lot like gulls – gray above, white below – but they are a separate species. They have a lighter, more buoyant flight, with sleeker, narrower bodies and wings, forked tails and very sharp beaks. Terns will hover briefly over the water, 10 – 30 feet in the air, and then dive gracefully to catch a fish. The largest terns are the Royal tern, with an orange bill, and the Caspian tern, with a blood-red bill. The smallest tern is named, appropriately, the Least tern. It has a yellow bill, black cap and white forehead. In between is the Common tern, which dons a black cap and orange-red bill.

Sanderlings, Dowitchers and Willets Sanderlings, dowitchers and willets are shorebirds. Find them on the beach near the water's edge, looking for food by probing the wet sand with their bills. When humans approach, shorebirds will often run away rather than take flight. At slightly more than six inches in length, one of the smallest shorebirds is the sanderling. A black bill, jet-black eyes and speedy, black legs give them away. You'll see them, usually in groups of a dozen or fewer, scurrying on tiny legs ahead of surging waves. Dowitchers also frequent the shoreline, but are larger and run less than sanderlings. They have a long, thin bill and are usually gray or light brown in color, depending on the time of year. You’ll see them in flocks of 100 or more, at times. One of the larger shorebirds is the willet. With a relatively long bill, long legs and gray body, a willet is fairly easy to pick out, especially when mingling with sanderlings and dowitchers. You’ll see willets in small flocks, alone or in pairs. Herons and Egrets These long-legged wonders are a local favorite. Herons and egrets gather near water anywhere in Florida.

Hummingbird migration Each year, hummingbirds arrive back to Northwest Florida around mid-March and stay until October, although some have been known to stay here year- round. Most commonly spotted are the Rubythroated hummingbirds. They are attracted by bright splashes of color-and the perfect feed for them consists of a mixture of one part sugar to four parts water. Simply hang a feeder, be patient and enjoy your little visitors.

Monarch butterfly The majestic Monarch butterflies begin their migration to Mexico in October. Believe it or not, Northwest Florida (and, more specifically, the Panhandle Butterfly House) is a popular retreat for those migrating. The butterflies get needed nourishment in the butterfly garden before continuing their journey. These butterflies are the most widely recognized mostly because of their colors and size. It is the only butterfly that migrates south and then north again in the spring.

Black Skimmers and Terns Birds will begin nesting in April or May and usually finish in August. Black skimmers and terns will make their nests along the causeway. Do not disturb any nests you may find. These birds will become very territorial if their nests or their chicks are disturbed. Terns will dive-bomb toward anything they perceive to be a threat. So, avoid walking on designated nesting areas. Also, obey the speed limit along the causeway to lessen the chance that you may kill a bird or chick.

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Affectionately known as Florida’s best kept secret, Navarre has long been praised for its quiet ambiance and convenient location. Nestled quietly between two metropolitan neighbors – Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach – Navarre offers a serene, peaceful existence with local amenities and a culture all its own. Living here, with the beach just minutes away, state and national parks, festivals and attractions in Navarre, Pensacola or Destin, each weekend feels like a vacation. Our residents and guests alike enjoy the laid-back, come-as-youare atmosphere, and appreciate the spirit of cooperation that has allowed our industry to thrive. Our economy is strong and our community’s character is reflective of our commitment to get the job done. Becoming a full-time Navarre resident has its perks. Our cost of living is affordable. The state doesn’t levy a state income tax, meaning our residents see more of what they earn. In this economy, that’s a big deal. And with Florida’s Homestead Exemption, it’s hard not to take advantage of the benefits of home ownership. This special consideration eases your tax burden and provides Florida homeowners the ability to fund other goals.

Education is the heart and soul of our community. The Santa Rosa County School District boasts more national board-certified educators

than any of our neighboring counties, and our students consistently perform higher on state tests, securing some of the highest math, reading and science scores in the state. Because quality education is our No. 1 priority, our educators and administrators are consistently collaborating to create a curriculum that brings out the best in our students. Our schools have pioneered programs in subjects like aerospace engineering and emerging technologies and have captured national titles in art and athletics. These programs have served an example for districts nationwide and are a testament to a tradition of excellence that is exemplified in everything we do.

It’s easy to see why Navarre is a great place to live, play – and work. Navarre has many professional groups dedicated to the betterment of industry and small business such as the dynamic Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, TEAM Santa Rosa, which works to bring in and expand businesses large and small; and the University of Florida’s Small Business Development Center. All are ready and willing to not only attract more business to the area, but grow yours. Our communities are also home to some of the nation’s leading corporations and our private industry is booming. Whether your specialty is healthcare, engineering or human interest, Navarre makes it easy to do what you love.

For college-aged children or for anyone wanting to continue their education, Navarre is situated between several institutions dedicated to higher learning. The University of West Florida sits on a sprawling campus and is known for its small class sizes and unique offerings. Pensacola State College is among the best in the state, and offers an affordable high-quality education in a number of subjects. A satellite campus is now open in Santa Rosa County for even more local options. Couple that with nearby Northwest Florida State College and Troy University and you’ve got choices when it comes to higher education – whether you want to finish a degree or earn specialized certification, Navarre is at the heart of it all.

Ours is a community that champions our rich military heritage and celebrates the natural splendor that has become our hallmark. Ours is a community that honors our values and cherishes our rich history. Our commerce, our education, our culture makes us who we are – an area abundant in natural beauty and full of the promise of paradise. We invite you to join us. Come find out why Navarre is not just a stop along the way – we’re your destination, or maybe a place you’ll call home.

Real Estate Rental/ Sales

Adams Homes 7552 Navarre Parkway #24 939-3676

Century 21 Island- Michele Tucker 8510 Navarre Parkway 939-2366 Coldwell Banker-Deena Smith 8871 Navarre Pkwy 684-1003 or 684-1015

Coldwell Banker-Jodi Van Wagner 8871 Navarre Parkway 723-1907

ERA American Realty-Robin Edwards 8006 Navarre Parkway 499-8441 Gooden Homes 4400 Bayou Blvd #40 Pensacola 572-3836

Navarre Properties - Laurie Gallup 8577 Gulf Blvd 936-1312

Premier Island Management Group 10 Portofino Drive Pensacola Beach 916-5000

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2225 W. Highway 98 • Mary Esther Fl. 32569 (850) 243-dive(3483) phone USASCUBA@AOL.COM www.USASCUBA.COM

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Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 am to 7:00 pm Saturday 10:30 am to 6:00 pm Sunday Closed

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Where is the Nearest... Airport Florist

NWF Regional Airport Fort Walton Beach 651-7160

Navarre Beach Flowers 8486 Navarre Parkway 939-2288

Starr’s Auto Repair 8183 Navarre Parkway 939-3107

Publix 8244 Navarre Parkway 515-0999

Auto Repair Grocery Store

Navarre Auto Repair 1942 S. Highway 98 939-3939

Bank

Beach Community Bank 9290 Navarre Parkway 515-1344 Coastal Bank and Trust 8390 Navarre Parkway 436-7800

First National Bank and Trust 1803 Alhambra St. 936-9663

Hancock Bank 8780 Navarre Parkway 435-6720 Regions Bank 8324 Navarre Parkway 444-1234

SunTrust Bank Wal-Mart 9360 Navarre Parkway 939-7519

Bike Rental Juana’s Pagodas 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway 939-2130 *Rents bikes, jet skis and sailboats.

Fun Store Unit C, 5 Via De Luna Drive Pensacola Beach 8649 Gulf Blvd Navarre Beach 916-4386 *Rents bikes, kayaks, surfboards, chairs and umbrellas, beach wheelchairs and fishing poles. Chamber of Commerce 8543 Navarre Parkway 939-3267

Cigars

Beach Castle Cigars 461 Ranger Road Suite 1 Fort Walton Beach 301-1900

Cold Treat

Beach Berry Frozen Yogurt 1892 Andorra Street 710-3067

Dippin’ Dots 9526 Navarre Parkway 936-1210

The Twist Custom Ice Cream 1816 Prado St. 936-1137 Tommy’s New Orleans Sno Balls Navarre Parkway at Navarre Beach Causeway 361-6868 Tropical Smoothie 8646 Navarre Parkway 936-1320

Wal-Mart Super Center 9360 Navarre Parkway 939-3998 Winn-Dixie 8674 Navarre Parkway 939-5627

House Cleaning All Phase General Cleaning 565-0459

Optician

Navarre Family Eye Care 8158 Navarre parkway 939-3459

Salon

A Head Above the Rest 8135 Navarre Parkway 939-8878

Brava Hair Studio and Day Spa 306 Perry Avenue Ft. Walton Beach 833-3003 Cutters 1990B State Road 87 939-1609

Emerald Coast Euro Tan 1823 Alpine Ave 936-4443 From Head to Toe 8546 Navarre Parkway 936-1707 JH Hair Design 1900 State Road 87 939-9003

Making Waves Salon & Spa 7552 Navarre Parkway Unit 8 685-1105 Merle Norman Cosmetics At Elite Salon 1819 Alpine Drive 850-936-7006 Paraiso Hair Salon 2274 Highway 87 936-0090

Reflections Beauty Salon 8400 Racing Lane 939-1192

Salon Suite Studio 2 7552 Navarre Parkway Unit 2 939-9100 Supercuts 8228 Navarre Parkway 939-9220 Studio 98 7293 Navarre Parkway 939-8800

Wabi Sabi Aveda Lifestyle 8721 Ortega Park Drive 939-9229

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Tattoo Studio Manicure

Head 2 Toe Tattoo & Body Piercing 4586 Gulf Breeze Parkway 934-8287

Inkspot Tattoo Studio 9466 Highway 98 936-9800

Sacred X-Pressions 134 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. Fort Walton Beach 244-6669

Medical/Hospital

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 1000 Mar-Walt Drive 862-1111 Gulf Breeze Hospital 1110 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 934-2000 (information) 934-2020 (emergency)

Navarre Urgent Care 8990 Navarre Parkway 936-5277

Santa Rosa Medical Center 6002 Berryhill Road Milton 626-7762

White-Wilson Medical Center 1005 Mar-Walt Drive Fort Walton Beach 863-8100

Library

Navarre Library 8484 James Harvell Road 981-7323 *Has computers available for public use. Liquor Store Navarre Liquors 1884 Andorra Street 936-1130

Mall Santa Rosa Mall 300 Mary Esther Blvd Mary Esther 244-2172 Cordova Mall 5100 N 9th Ave Pensacola 477-7562

Destin Commons 4300 Legendary Drive Destin 337-8700

Silver Sands Outlet 10562 Emerald Coast Parkway W. Destin 654-9771

Souvenirs

Carmelita’s Nail Boutique 5668 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 420-9864

CVS 8422 Navarre Parkway 936-1445

Fancy Nails 8648 Navarre Parkway 936-0105

Saltwater Cottage 8470 Navarre Parkway 939-7055

Chi Nails 1810 Alpine Drive 936-1148

Sandy Bottoms 8228 Gulf Blvd Navarre Beach 396-4134

From Head To Toe 8546 Navarre Parkway 936-1707 Making Waves Salon & Spa 7552 Navarre Parkway Unit 8 685-1105

Sea Shell City 8771 Navarre Parkway 939-8210

Massage

Walgreens 8220 Navarre Parkway 936-4302

Maria Yates-Lee 712-1165

Island Escape 1900 Highway 87 #D 936-05015

Navarre Healing Arts 7552 Navarre Parkway #44 936-5300

Movie Theater

Breeze Cinema 8 1233 Crane Cove Boulevard Gulf Breeze 934-3315

Shipping

Pak ‘N’ Fax 8540 Navarre Parkway 939-0990 UPS Store 8668 Navarre Parkway 939-3311

UPS Store Tiger Point 3749D Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 916-7070

Photo Supply

Pensacola Photo Supply 410 E. Wright Street Pensacola 433-1903

Post Office

1910 Navarre School Road

Recycling

1411 Utility Drive 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway

RV Resort

St. Rosa Sound RV Resort 8315 Navarre Parkway 936-4791

Souvenir City and Shark Museum 8136 Navarre Parkway 936-1317

Walmart Super Center 9360 Navarre Parkway Navarre, FL 32566 939-3998

Visitors Center

8543 Navarre Parkway 939-2691

Wedding Planner

Tropical Beach Weddings 8486 Navarre Parkway 218-1081

Yoga

Dragonfly Yoga 184 Brooks Street S.E. Fort Walton Beach 244-0184

*All locations are in Navarre unless otherwise noted. *Local area code is 850.


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Church Listings Apostolic Lighthouse Church 8177 East Bay Blvd 939-0188 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Friday Youth Events 7 p.m. http://alcofnavarre.com/

Billory Baptist Church 8162 Stillwater Cove 939-2849 Sunday Services: Bible School 9:45 a.m. & 6:30 p.m., Worship 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

Calvary Fellowship 2832 Highway 87S, Navarre, FL 932-8197 Sunday Services: Sunday 11:00 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 pm Adult Sunday School 9:45 am Coastline Calvary Chapel 1122 Oriole Beach Road, Gulf Breeze 932-8197 Sunday Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. http://coastlinelife.com/ Covenant Community Church 9212 Quail Roost Drive 936-8747 Services: Sunday 9 a.m., Wednesday 7:00 p.m. http://www.navarrechurch.com/

First Baptist Church of Navarre 9302 Navarre Parkway 939-3424 Sunday Services: Traditional 8:30 a.m., Blended 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. http://fbcnavarre.org/ Good Shepherd Lutheran 4257 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 932-3263 Sunday Services: 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Study: 9:15 a.m. goodshepherdgulfbreeze.org The Harbor at Holley 4006 Highway 87 South 939-3057 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Holy Trinity Lutheran 363 Miracle Strip Parkway Fort Walton Beach 243-0788 Sunday Services: 8:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages: 9:40 a.m. (May-Aug) http://holytrinityfwb.com/ Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses 1692 Mohawk Trail Gulf Breeze 932-3606

Live Oak Church 7304 East Bay Boulevard/CR 399 936-7672 Sunday Services: Bible Study (All Ages) 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday - Youth Group, 6:30 a.m. http://liveoaknavarre.com/ Liberty Church 6006 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze 453-4318 Sunday Services: 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. http://navarre.libertychurch.net/

Midway Baptist Church 5471 Gulf Breeze Parkway 932-6549 Sunday Services: Worship 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 a.m. http://www.midwaybaptist.org/

Navarre Beachside Church 939-1533 Sunday Service Location: 8:30 a.m. Navarre Beach Main Beach Access Parking Lot http://www.navarrebeachchurch.com Navarre Chapel Independent Baptist 2114 Brand Court 939-9097 Sunday Services: Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. http://www.navarrechapel.org/navarrechapel.htm Navarre Church of Christ 8490 James M. Harvell Road 939-8108 Sunday Services: Bible Study 9:00 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. http://navarrechurchofchrist.net/ Navarre First Assembly of God 9594 Navarre Parkway 939-3333 Sunday Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Services: Bible Study & Youth Group 6:30 p.m. http://navarre1st.com/ Navarre Presbyterian 1870 Lowe Road 939-3524 Sunday Services: Sunday School (All Ages) 9:00 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. navarrepresbyterianchurch.org

Navarre United Methodist Church 9474 Navarre Parkway 939-2028 Sunday Services: Traditional - 7:45 a.m. & 10:42 a.m.; Contemporary – 9:00 a.m. http://www.navarreumc.com/ New Life Deliverance Temple Church 2105 Panhandle Trail 936-4081 Sunday Services: Bible Study 9:15 a.m., Worship 11:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. http://www.nldtc.org/

Promiseland Church 2292 John Duncan Plaza (Hwy 87) 313-6070 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. & Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Children’s church available during both services.

Risen Savior Lutheran Church 9964 Navarre Parkway 936-1005 Sunday Services: Sunday School Ages 3 – Adult 9:00 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., http://www.risensaviorchurch.org/

Saint Sylvester Catholic Church 6464 Gulf Breeze Parkway 939-3020 Mass: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. with Hispanic Mass at 5:00 p.m. http://parishesonline.com/scripts/HostedSites/Org.asp?ID=14435 St. Augustine Episcopal Church 7810 Navarre Parkway 939-2261 Sunday Services: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Service: 9 a.m. http://www.staugustinesnavarre.com/

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The Bridge Beach Gathering Sundays, 5—7 PM from June 24 – August 12

Black Skimmer Pavilion, Navarre Beach Soundside • Bring your own picnic dinner… • Beach attire welcome • Family Olympics… • Minute to Win It Games… • Volleyball Tournament Sunday Worship Times: Early Worship 7:45 AM, Hildreth Hall Contemporary Service, 9 AM, Sanctuary Traditional Service, 10:42 AM, Sanctuary Nursery during all services Sunday school classes for all ages

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Military Presence Hurlburt Field, Fla., is home to the Air Force Special Operations Command. The 1st Special Operations Wing has a long, distinctive history. Hurlburt Field was originally designated as Auxiliary Field No. 9, one of the original small pilot and gunnery training fields built on the sprawling Eglin Air Force Base complex in the 1940s. The 1st SOW was redesignated the 16th SOW on Oct. 1, 1993 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Merrill A. McPeak, as part of Air Forcewide unit renumbering. The mission of the 16th SOW continued to provide a rapid reaction force for global special operations and to train aircrews to instruct and assist allied forces in all phases of special air operations. On Nov.16, 2006, the Air Force redesignated the 16th SOW back to the 1st SOW. Hurlburt Field is proud of its history and it stands ready to perform its unique mission "Any Time, Any Place." Eglin Air Force Base is located southwest of Valparaiso, Fla., and covers 463,128 acres. Eglin AFB was established in 1935 as the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base. It is named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Fredrick I. Eglin (1891–1937), who was killed in a crash of his Northrop A-17 pursuit aircraft on a flight from Langley to Maxwell Field, Ala.. Eglin is the home of the Air Armament Center (AAC) and is one of three product centers in the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). Serving as the focal point for all Air Force armaments, the AAC is the center responsible for the development, acquisition, testing, deployment and sustainment of all air-delivered weapons.

The 33rd Fighter Wing "Nomads," an associate unit at Eglin Air Force Base, was re-designated under Air Education and Training Command on Oct. 1, 2009. As the first of its kind in the Department of Defense, the joint wing is responsible for F-35 A/B/C (Joint Strike Fighter) pilot and maintainer training for the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and, in the future, at least eight coalition partners. Initially, 59 aircraft and three flying squadrons, one for each service/aircraft variant, will be established at Eglin. The area is also home to soldiers from the Army 7th Special Forces Group. The Air-Force owned, Army occupied land just north of Eglin, and west of Duke Field, sports 500 acres of land, most of which has been under construction since 2008 with current plans to be under construction until 2016. The facility officially opened its gates on May 2, 2011, and is home to more than 2,200 active duty soldiers and 3,000 dependent spouses and children. The 7th SFG has nearly 500 soldiers deployed across 10 countries and in three different battle theatres.

The site now occupied by Naval Air Station Pensacola has a colorful historical background dating back to the 16th century when Spanish explorer Don Tristan de Luna founded a colony here on the bluff where Fort Barrancas is now situated. Construction began in April 1826, and the Pensacola Navy Yard became one of the best equipped in the country. Today, the Pensacola Naval Complex in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla. is the busiest Naval Air Station in the world, responsible for an estimated 46 percent of the Naval Air Training Command's total flight time and over 10 percent of Navy and Marine Corps total flight time. Over 1,200 personnel complete their initial flight training every year. NAS Whiting Field and Training Air Wing Five have an outstanding and unmatched safe flying record. The station has served as a naval aviation training facility since it was established as a naval air auxiliary station in July 1943. Its present mission is to train student naval aviators in the primary and intermediate phases of fixed-wing aviation, and in the advanced phases of helicopter training.

Immersion teaches students to fly The National Flight Academy commissioned Ambition, the first fully-immersive learning lab in the United States, on May 11 in Pensacola. Ambition’s mission is to give seventh to 12thgrade students the tools they need to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which are skills that will help them excel in life. From the moment students walk on board Ambition, a 100,000-squarefoot, land-locked aircraft carrier on Naval Air Station Pensacola, they are completely immersed in the simulated reality or “inspired play” of military missions. Students taking part in the one-week program enter the flight academy building and register for their classes on the flight deck, while sounds of aircrafts taking off and the ocean waves surround them. Students will be assigned a squadron and will sleep in staterooms containing six private bunks, lockers and work desks. The aircraft carrier also contains a 168-person galley with catered food service. The Joint Intelligence Centers and Joint Operation Centers are equipped with Smart Technologies whiteboards, independent networked workspaces and 30 networked simulators to

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completely immerse the students into their assigned missions. Ashley Rose, brand strategist with the Flight Academy, said the academy had the most networked simulators outside the Department of Defense. The simulators are installed with Lockheed Martin 3-D software to make the experience come to life for student pilots. After their daily missions are complete, students can enjoy large flat-screen HD televisions, air hockey tables and other entertainment in the student lounge. Kevin Miller, executive vice president of the National Flight Academy, said the National Flight Academy was the brainchild of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. The NFA Ambition was conceptualized, developed and built with more than $45 million of funding raised by the foundation entirely with private funds. “There’s no other place in the world like this,” he said. “We use aviation as a motivating force to explain to young people about the opportunities in math and science.” The University of West Florida played a major role in developing the curriculum and Ambition’s program. The tuition for the five-day sessions cost $1,250 and beginning in the fall, three-day sessions will be offered for $650. Group participants will receive a 15 percent discount of $187.50 per enrollee. The academy has a program called Ambition Boost to offer incentives to anyone looking for financial support. Sponsors have designated funds specifically for financial assistance. For more information or to enroll students, visit http://www.nationalflightacademy.com/.


Military Aircraft IDs AC-130U Spooky MC-130E Combat Talon I MC-130H Combat Talon II MC-130P Combat Shadow CV-22B Osprey U-28A UH-1N Twin Huey Mi-17 Hip F-16C Falcon F-15C Eagle F-22A Raptor A-10 C Thunderbolt II F/A-18 Hornet T-6A Texan II T-39N Sabreliner T-1A Jayhawk T-34C Turbo-Mentor TH-57 Sea Ranger HH-60J Jayhawk HH-65 Dolphin CH-47 Chinook UH-60 Black Hawk We have busy skies!

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MC-130H Combat Talon II

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• Watch all of your favorite sports 25 TVs • Full liquor bar and ice cold beer

• Wednesday $1 fish tacos • Drink Specials Every Day! • Fri-Sat and Sunday live music All menu items $10 or less Try our world famous Bimini Juice a concoction directly from the islands

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Located on the Pensacola Beach boardwalk under Hemingway's Island Grill.

Beachside Bar

Lots of fun is offered daily with your favorite libation

• Our famous Fat Tuesday Frozen daiquiris • Great atmosphere, Great place to have fun and make some new friends • Accessible by boat or car

Playing the best live music on the beach!

bamboowillies.com

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Open daily at 11 am

• Fresh seafood - steak - pasta - salads - sandwiches • Daily lunch specials starting at $6.95 • Sunday brunch open at 10:30 am • Try our 10 for $10 menu (call for details) • Best waterfront dining views on the beach • Full liquor bar and wide variety of wine selections by glass and bottle

www.hemingwaysislandgrill.com • 850 934-4747

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